Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Eve at Ba Ba’s

24 December 2006

Merry Christmas from Ba Ba’s Café in the heart of Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq! I’ve been looking forward to tonight ever since Jason and I ran into Katie and LJ at the Green Bean a few days ago. Katie and LJ threw it out there on the table that we should have a small Christmas thingy with a “White elephant” present draw. That afternoon they sent out the email and that was that.

Being from a very German family, we ALWAYS celebrated on the Eve as opposed to the Day so this was kind of the Christmas celebration that I’ve missed the past couple of years since I’ve been in Iraq. And what better way to celebrate than with friends at Ba Ba’s? These people really are your family when you’re away from home. We are all in the same boat and miss home the same way.

As expected, we had a good mix of people. Iraqi translators, Aussies, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, civilians of all types, and security folks from everywhere including our buddy Moses from Africa. I don’t remember if he’s from Uganda or Nigeria. We have all kinds of Ugandans here in security between Victory and BIAP but he works for a private security firm. He’s not one of the Army Ugandan guys.

As Katie expected, the gift idea was great. We had about 25 different gifts…gag and otherwise. How the game goes, the first person picks a gift and unwraps it. The next person picks a gift and can keep it or take the first persons, and so on and so on. Gifts chosen first may not remain with their first or second or third owners.

Now some gifts weren’t quite as popular as others. Take Jason’s Triscuit boxed trifecta. That original and handy Triscuit box containing condoms, baby oil and a couple of chocolates just weren’t as in demand as say the movie My Super Ex-girlfriend. Although the slinky ever-so-silky-mini-panties with the ten dollar bill clipped to them were very popular for some reason.

Jeremy ended up by the end of the night having to try them on…but he dared not step outside the door wearing them…although he did pose for pics inside his trailer! Yes, it was cold out, and yes I think shrinkage would have been an issue he may not have ever lived down…or the hypothermia he might have developed if he’d of stepped out the door! Doesn’t it just make you so jealous when you see someone else have the figure for something like that and you know you never will…try something like that on OR have the figure to dare to do so! I didn’t think so…me neither. Very scary thought though, wasn’t it?

Then again, Repo was really getting off on the can of Cheez Whiz he got. He just said, screw the crackers, Cheez Whiz directly into the mouth was a better option and short cut. He missed his mouth enough times that I’m sure the mice under the steps are fat and happy tomorrow morning. Well, time for bed and visions of sugar-plums dancing in my dreams…yech! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
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